Posture Part 2: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posture Part 2

If you caught Part I of this blog series, then I will assume you have begun reading this with a little bit more awareness of your current posture. Recognizing bad habits is the first step to making a positive change. Before the change becomes true, you must first have intention, motivation, and dedication. The tenacity or will to begin these steps must first be because you understand the reasons why the change is so important. So Part II of Posture: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly will be a quick, informative blog of information.

Recapping on what posture is, we learned that despite good or bad habits, one must bear the weight of the body against gravity. If you have developed bad characteristics of posture, then you have put your “Blue Print” into a biomechanical disadvantage to overcome the forces of gravity. Add movement patterns that require external resistance against gravity and/or an object, and you now have set yourself up for symptoms, aka pain. The good news is that you do not have to live in a bubble. In fact, just grasping the big picture here is enough for you to see that fixing postural stresses and postural tendencies will increase your overall wellbeing. But, it is a conscious lifestyle; a habit.

Recapping on what posture is, we learned that despite good or bad habits, one must bear the weight of the body against gravity. If you have developed bad characteristics of posture, then you have put your “Blue Print” into a biomechanical disadvantage to overcome the forces of gravity. Add movement patterns that require external resistance against gravity and/or an object, and you now have set yourself up for symptoms, aka pain. The good news is that you do not have to live in a bubble. In fact, just grasping the big picture here is enough for you to see that fixing postural stresses and postural tendencies will increase your overall wellbeing. But, it is a conscious lifestyle; a habit.

I am attempting to commit you to do the work that needs to be done to change some habits, tendencies, and otherwise unconscious self-destruction with the following paragraph.

You have organs that have anatomical positioning’s. For example your lungs are of a specific shape that when the body is in alignment, function underneath your rib cage to take in maximal air at the lowest caloric expenditure, or effort. Being in a poor “slouched” seated position will pull the rib cage down closer to your belly button, and your mid spine will have an excessive kyphosis shape. Essentially what this is doing is collapsing sections of your lungs, removing the efficient ability for the inhalation muscles to take in a full breathe, and ultimately decreasing the vital flow of oxygen into the blood stream.

You have organs that have anatomical positioning’s. For example your lungs are of a specific shape that when the body is in alignment, function underneath your rib cage to take in maximal air at the lowest caloric expenditure, or effort. Being in a poor “slouched” seated position will pull the rib cage down closer to your belly button, and your mid spine will have an excessive kyphosis shape. Essentially what this is doing is collapsing sections of your lungs, removing the efficient ability for the inhalation muscles to take in a full breathe, and ultimately decreasing the vital flow of oxygen into the blood stream.

Posture in chair

This picture shows more than just what the collapsed rib cage, and kyphosis looks like. Notice the flattening of the lumbar spine, and the forward head that is putting misdirected weight on the cervical spine.

Have I started to wake you up yet? You see, this is just one example, and I am being somewhat vague on only a single bodily system. If you cannot take in the amount of air that your Blue Print is designed to take in then you have to 1) breathe more per minute, 2) use non-breathing muscles to help force in the air, and 3) expend more energy than necessary to take in enough oxygen. Your overall vitality or Dan Tian is being sacrificed just to get some oxygen to the blood so that the rest of your body will do their respective functions properly.

The same slouched position will have restrictive effects to everything else, too! The Renal (kidneys) System, the Lymphatic System, and Productive System have all been pushed, squished, pinched, and mashed into each other, preventing optimal functioning. The Digestive System issues have in fact been agreed by modern medical views to be caused by the poor postural nature such as Ulcers, Intestinal Obstruction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Gastro Reflux Disease. Disease… I am pretty sure there is a quote on the website that reinforces the overall picture that I am trying to paint for you to have the desire to make some changes in your postural life.

Postures effect on organs
The slouched seated position flattens out the natural and structural curve of the lumbar spine, sacrum, and coccyx. This can push on organs and pinch of the optimal flow of blood, lymph, hormones, etc.
Blood flow
The lack of flow will ultimately create some health issue that may be mistreated or misdiagnosed because the real issue is poor posture.

You see, the Blue Print of our body is what our true good posture should be. The way an individual was developed through the genetic predisposition is the postural structure set forth to allow the physiology to function optimally. Once bad habits start forming we begin to fall out of our prime human performance. This begins to peck away at our vitality. The bad posture can be fixed with mindfulness and awareness which puts us closer to the good side, thus slowing our deficit of vitality. When the ugly posture sets in, disease, symptoms, syndromes, itises, aches, and pains become present. The human body is resilient however, and again, with mindfulness and awareness the posture can be corrected into a positive direction which will slow the loss of vitality.

This will conclude Part II of this blog series. I hope you have begun to see now how much good posture is important to our overall Health and Wellness. Taking the steps to creating healthy habits and positive postural tendencies will increase your vitality, decrease your risks of injury, and allow the human body to heal itself easier.

Part III of this blog series will focus more on what bad habits and poor postural tendencies are. You will discover some truths about yourself. You will see how obvious some of the reasons we are in pain, or have diseases. And, there will be less to read…I hope. Be Well everyone.

Ethan Plante
Ethan Plante

Ethan's primary role is educating P-Knotters. His favorite P-Knot Move is the Grab and Pull in the hamstrings from a deficit using a UniSphere.

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